The Takeaway

Adapting Society to a Growing, Aging Population

Thursday, March 13, 2014

This week, we've been pondering the significance of aging, and aging well in today's world. Detecting cancer or picking up on genes for Alzheimer's sounds pretty great, but many agree that our society may not have the infrastructure in place to adapt to an ever-growing, ever-aging population. Joining The Takeaway to discuss the intersection between the aging and the economy is Courtney Coile, associate professor of economics at Wellesley College.

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The Takeaway

Living to 100: Science Takes on Life Expectancy

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Would you want to live to be 100-years-old, or even older? And if everyone could, what excites or worries you about what the future has in store? S. Jay Olshansky, a professor in the school of public health the University of Illinois at Chicago, knows a lot about human aging through the centuries and what society stands to gain—or lose—from having a much larger, older human population. He joins The Takeaway to discuss the history of life expectancy.

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The Takeaway

Living Well to the Age of 150 and Beyond

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Would you want to live to 150? What would be the impacts if everyone could? Genomic and synthetic life scientist J. Craig Venter says aging is a phenomenon we can control and arrest.

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Slate Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest: Working Class Slag from a Crap Town Edition

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and John Swansburg discuss the Joe Swanberg film "Drinking Buddies," Laura Helmuth's piece on the impact of longevity on humanity, and Simon Doonan's new book on his life.


The Brian Lehrer Show

Who Lives Longer and Why

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Howard Friedman, professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside, and Leslie Martin, professor of psychology at La Sierra University, co-authors of The Longevity Project: Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life from the Landmark Eight-Decade Study, confound our expectations of what makes for a long life--optimism is out; hard work is in.

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The Takeaway

Surprising Tips for Living Longer

Monday, March 07, 2011

How can we live longer, healthier lives? It’s a question that for centuries has enticed explorers to travel the globe and many others to suffer through everything from chemical peels to bizarre diets. Is the secret in a good attitude? A lasting marriage? Strenuous exercise? Can we control it at all? Leslie Martin, along with Howard Friedman, is the author of a new book called “The Longevity Project: Surprising Discoveries for health and Long Life from the Landmark Eight-Decade Study.” Leslie Martin talks about the book, and dispels some long-held myths about longevity.

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